Marine Plans

North Coast and Central Coast

Connections between the land, the sea and the people are valued, studied and routinely monitored in B.C.

Close to the announcement of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, the Province of British Columbia and 17 First Nations completed four marine plans that complement the ecosystem-based management approach as used on land.

In addition to the sub-regional marine plans, the Regional Action Framework, released in the spring of 2016, outlines actions related to marine management that the Province and First Nations agree will be most effectively implemented on a regional scale. These actions are consistent with, and support implementation of, the sub-regional marine plans.

Taken together, these plans will inform First Nations and provincial decision-making in the sub-regional coastal and marine areas. While the marine plans do not address management of uses and activities under the federal government’s jurisdiction, First Nations and the Province are committed to working with the federal government on those issues.

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As our oceans become busier with increasing commercial, industrial and recreational activity, there is a growing need for marine planning to help guide decisions about their use. Marine plans help create opportunities for sustainable economic development, support the well-being of coastal communities and protect the marine environment.

The Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) represents one of the largest marine spatial planning processes in the world using an ecosystem-based management approach in step with the achievements in the Great Bear Rainforest. This planning partnership has forged an unprecedented management approach in British Columbia, linking land and sea.

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